WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – U.S. federal judge Rom Trader on Thursday ordered that a man, accused of committing identity theft in order to work for the U.S. military and have possible ties to the Russian secrets, to be detained pending further prosecution.
Walter Primrose is accused of stealing the identities of two deceased babies and operating under their names since the 1980s, according to court documents. Primrose used the fake identity to enlist in the U.S. military and later work as a Department of Defense contractor, the documents show Thursday.
Primrose was arrested along with his wife last Friday during a raid on their residence in Hawaii. Authorities investigated Primrose’s home and found Polaroid photographs of Primrose and his wife in what experts believe was an authentic KGB (Soviet intelligence) uniform, prosecutors said during the hearing.
The photographs, along with Primrose’s personal interest in espionage and anti-government sentiments, led the US government to speculate about possible links between the couple and the Russian secret service. However, US authorities have not filed any formal charges or charges against Primrose working for Russian intelligence.
The judge sided with prosecutors in determining at a hearing on Thursday that there were no conditions that could guarantee Primrose’s appearance in court given the circumstances of the case.
Primrose is formally charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by making fraudulent statements, one count of aggravated impersonation and one count of fraudulent request and use. of a passport.
The court cited Primrose’s alleged history of lying and fraudulent behavior, as well as other circumstances surrounding the case, as reasons for denying the defendant parole.